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Hop Henge Experimental IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Henge Experimental IPAHop Henge Experimental IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is their new version of Hop Henge Imperial IPA, the hops have been modified as of 1/2009.

Available: January to April
Alc. by Vol.: 8.5 - 9.0% range
IBUs: 95

Added by SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Deschutes Brewery Public House branded snifter

Pours deep golden with abundant amber and orangish hues. Two finger fluffy bright white head, above average retention wispy lacing here and there. Big citrus blossom notes, pineapple, sweet malt with a touch of caramel and solvent alcohol on the nose. Mandarin orange, pineapple, continued flora, bready, but lightly sweet malt midpalate. Finishes smooth with some citrus rind bitterness, a touch of spruce, and warming alcohol. Very impressive mouthfeel, creamy, smooth, carbonation is abundant but not intrusive; full bodied. An extremely balanced DIPA that is right in my wheelhouse. Hop Henge is bitter enough to satisfy even the most die-hard hophead, yet is not too overpowering that it would turn off those that prefer less intense DIPA's. Exceptional brew! Count me among those that are very happy it is now available in Illinois.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. Enjoyed thanks to SanFranJake.

A: Pours a mostly clear orange color with a two finger head and excellent lacing.

S: This smells wonderful! Tons of citrus and floral hops with a bit of bready malts and alcohol in the end.

T: Yummy!! Nice hoppy flavors very much like the smell as well as a smooth malt backbone. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Super smooth!!

O: What a winner!! The bottle isn't fresh at all, but it's still very nice. I can't wait to try a fresh bottle.

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4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- poured into a brewery tulip a darker orange (not burnt, but just a bit darker than orange) with a nice creamy two finger head that hangs out for a bit.
s- fruity! orange pith and grapefruit dominate the nose...these fruity mango type notes are held up by a subtle cheap supermarket french bread type malt back bone.
t- hoppy! grapefruit with a some very sweet caramel notes. sorta the same as the nose: orange, mango, grapefruit, a little vanilla, and still some of that cheap supermarket french bread.
m- smooth! it definitely will dry out the back of your tongue at the end...to be expected though from such a hoppy brew.
o- a great imperial ipa! get it and drink it before the exp date! cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of hoppytobehere
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, best by 4/6/13.

A: Clear copper body. Decent retention along the edge of the glass.

S: Caramel malt with just a hint of citrus hops. Was expecting way more hops.

T: For a fresh bottle, the hop flavors are subdued. Very malty, with some hop bitterness toward the end. Not bad, but not quite what I want out of a big double IPA. Booze is well concealed.

M: Nice carbonation.

O: Where are the hops?

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber shared at beer share - reviewed from notes.

A - rich orange, super frothy and tremendous lacing. Leaves a spiderweb on the glass.

S - smells like the outdoors - autumnal and floral (didn't take great notes on this section)

T - flavor bursts of pine and citrus, dehydrated in nature and just a hint of sugary hops. For a 9-10% beverage, the bite is barely there. One of those beers where a lot is going on, but the complexity is hidden within the simplicity of the presentation.

M - decent carbonation, highly drinkable, again - the alcohol is hidden very well

O - grab one. Fast.

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3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is dated 06/26/12. This was a gift so I can't complain too much but man, some stores really just don't care, do they?

A: Pours a cloudy golden-orange. Large fluffy tan head. Fades very slowly, leaving awesome lacework behind.

S: Caramel and raisins primarily. Not much in the way of hops. Maybe a hint of grapefruit?

T: Mild grapefruit and pine up front. Some grainy aspect in the middle along with some caramel. Finish has a quick flourish of raisin and then some pine and resin into the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, fairly smooth.

O: Well, tough to say as this is obviously an old bottle. Very little hoppiness and the rest is pretty generic. I will have to seek out a fresher bottle sometime, wish they distributed here. Having said that, I have previously "Had" this beer and I rated it a 3.5 (couple of years ago) so I'm guessing that it's nothing to write home about even when fresh.

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Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,493 ratings
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